Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

How does actual inequality affect people’s perception of inequality?

We confirm that individuals from various classes do indeed respond differently to shifting levels of inequality. Specifically, the working classes become less critical of inequality as it increases while the opposite is true for the upper classes. This creates a counterbalancing effect that obscures the aggregate relationship between actual and rising inequality and people’s perceptions of it.

By |2022-03-16T09:27:20-04:00Mar 16, 2022|

Rethinking the Capitalist Production of Surplus

The successive and overlapping economic, political, public health, geopolitical and environmental crises in the early part of this century highlight the continuing relevance of Marxism’s focus on capitalism’s contradictions.  However, capitalism’s resilience in the face of these contradictions is in part due to the system’s ability to prevent the working-class [...]

By |2022-03-02T06:37:27-05:00Mar 2, 2022|

Labour Process and Control in Natural Resource Industries: A Class-Relational Approach

The Soma Mine Disaster directly reflected the coal rush of the AKP governments and extractive capital. On May 13th 2014, 301 miners died at an underground coal mine operated by the Soma Coal Company.

By |2022-02-09T11:01:05-05:00Feb 9, 2022|

Indebted by Dispossession

Although Marxists have long noted the fact that debt has a tendency to generate land loss, I “reverse” the chain of causality by focusing on how dispossession leads to a sharp rise in household debt. I show how rising indebtedness is segmented along caste lines, with usurious moneylenders hailing almost entirely from the feudal-era revenue collecting caste (Reddies) and debtors being largely from the former “untouchable” castes. Land loss and the lack of opportunity in the neoliberal economy thus pushes the lower strata into a debt trap.

By |2022-02-02T06:47:26-05:00Feb 2, 2022|

The World-Historical Significance of Paul Robeson

The life and legacy of Robeson is of world-historical significance for struggles against exploitation and oppression. This applies not only to the past struggles through which he lived, but ongoing struggles for racial and economic justice in the 21st century.

By |2022-01-25T08:55:48-05:00Jan 25, 2022|

Ideas and Family Ties: Understanding why English-Speaking Countries Responded So Differently to the Crisis of the 1930s

My explanation of the economic policy variation (convergence and divergence) across the five cases gives primacy to ruling parties’ ideational orientation and political strategies concerning three major groups of interest – business, labour, and agrarian. Where governments privileged businesses and accommodated agrarians to the exclusion of labour, the policy outcome was invariably conservative. In contrast, where governments arranged a rapprochement between agrarians, organized labour, and sections of business, policy innovation followed.

By |2022-01-20T17:24:13-05:00Jan 19, 2022|

Send in your nominations for the 2022 Marxist Sociology Section Awards

The Marxist Sociology Teaching and Praxis Award The Marxist Sociology Teaching and Praxis Award recognizes outstanding integration of theory and practice in the promotion and achievement of social change through teaching and scholarship by sociologists. We look for nominees who have excellent accomplishments in teaching Marxist sociology and/or have successfully [...]

By |2022-01-13T10:47:26-05:00Jan 13, 2022|

Labor Power and Wages after Women’s Labor Market Incorporation in Argentina

In the past years, there has been a very much welcomed flourishing of Marxist Feminist analyses. In a recent article, we contribute to the ongoing discussion by elaborating on Marx’s concept of the value of labor power to conceptualize the massive incorporation of women into the labor market and its [...]

By |2022-01-12T11:14:17-05:00Jan 12, 2022|
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